• Our Mission

    Our mission is to integrate science, engineering, and medicine by bringing together the many departments of the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg research and teaching hospitals, and other research centres across Canada in a unique collaboration to improve human health and enrich the educational experience of students by fostering the collaboration of the researchers in interdisciplinary biomedical engineering research.

    We educate our students in the fundamentals of science, engineering, and medicine, and train them to carry their scientific expertise and engineering skills from the research labs to the actual world of medical technologies, and also to bring clinical insights from the patients to the research laboratories.

Graduate programs

The graduate programs in BME are innovative, flexible and student-centred, offering opportunities to undertake research supervised by leaders in the field.

Current student resources

Biomedical Engineering students can access opportunities, supports and resources from the Biomedical Engineering program, the Price Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and UM.

BME 7000: Seminars

All seminars are held every two-weeks on Thursday from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. unless stated otherwise. Attendance is free-of-charge, unless stated otherwise, and all are welcome.

Winter 2021 Seminars

View all Winter 2021 Seminars on our YouTube channel.

January 28, 2021

Dr. Patrick Boyle
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering, University of Washington

Topic: Using Computational Modeling & Simulation to Anticipate Catastrophic Future Events

February 11, 2021

Walid Ashraf
PhD Student - Biomedical Engineering

Topic: 3D Acoustic Finite Element Modelling of the Upper Airway for Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea During Wakefulness

February 25, 2021

Dr. Pourang Irani
Professor, Dept. of Computer Science
Canada Research Chair

Topic: End-User Interfaces for In-Situ Sensemaking

March 11, 2021

Dr. Zahra Moussavi
Professor, Dept. of Biomedical & Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director, Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering

Topic: Egocentric Spatial Orientation Differences between Alzheimer’s Disease at Early Stages and Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Diagnostic Aid

March 25, 2021

Dr. Stephanie Willerth
Professor, Acting Director of Biomedical Engineering
University of Victoria (BC)

Topic: 3D Bioprinting Personalized Neural Tissues for Drug Screening

April 8, 2021

Dr. Jonathan Marotta
Professor, Dept. of Psychology
Director, Perception and Action Laboratory

April 22, 2021

Dr. Debbie Kelly
Professor, Dept. of Psychology

Fall 2020 Seminars

View all Fall 2020 Seminars on our YouTube channel.

September 10, 2020

Dr. Ahmad Byagowi
Network Hardware Engineering
Facebook Infrastructure Foundation
Menlo Park, California, USA

Topic: Precision Time Synchronization in Data Networks

September 24, 2020

Susan Crawford-Young
PhD Student - Biomedical Engineering

Topic: Full 3D Microwave Breast Imaging Using a Deep-Learning Technique

Vahab Khoshdel
PhD Candidate - Biomedical Engineering

Topic: Optical Coherence Elastography of Live Soft Tissue

October 8, 2020

Dr. Samaneh Sarraf
Chief Research Officer
Respiri Limited
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Topic: How a Prototype Becomes a Product? Lessons from Industries

October 22, 2020

Taisa Higino
MSc Student - Biomedical Engineering

Topic: Coated Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Targeted Drug Delivery in the Oral Environment

Farinaz Jonidi Shariatzadeh
PhD Student - Biomedical Engineering

Topic: Nanoscaled Materials for Triggered Release of Anti-Scar Agents in Wound Healing

November 5, 2020

Prof. Brian Lithgow
Biomedical Engineering

Topic: Fishing or Targeted Fishing for Features for Diagnostic Classification: Is there pure Alzheimer’s Disease?

November 19, 2020

Chandan Saha
PhD Student - Biomedical Engineering

Topic: Investigating the Feasibility of MRI and Electrovestibulography Analyses to Predict the Response of an Alzheimer's Patient to rTMS Treatment

December 3, 2020

Darion Toutant
MSc Student - Biomedical Engineering

Topic: Determining Optimal Sleep-Wake EEG Functional Connectivity Metrics In Epilepsy

Ghazaleh Zakipour
MSc Student - Biomedical Engineering

Topic: Investigating the Effect of Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation on Alzheimer’s Patients’ Speaking Abilities

December 17, 2020

Dr. Ahmed Ashraf
Assistant Professor - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Manitoba Learning & AI Research (MLAIR)

Topic: Learning to Unlearn: Building Immunity to Dataset Bias in Biomedical Studies


Finding a graduate studies advisor

Before submitting an application for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, you must first find an academic advisor who will accept you into their research group. The advisor will initially review your academic background, research intent, previous experience and CV and may grant tentative acceptance into the program.

How to find an advisor

To find an advisor prior to application, you must contact a faculty member whose research area aligns with your own interests. BME faculty members, and links to their research areas, can be found on the Biomedical Engineering faculty and staff page. Please contact faculty members by email, and include the following:

  • A current CV including publications, posters and conference participation; honours, awards and acknowledgements; and jobs pertaining to BME, Engineering, Medical, Biology and Chemistry, with brief descriptions of what you did in each job
  • All post-secondary transcripts
  • A statement of research intent summarizing your proposed research project (two pages max). If you have several research interests, please customize your statement for each faculty member you are interested in working with.

If you do not hear back in about eight weeks, that professor may not be interested in your application at this time.

Please note that tentative acceptance from an advisor does not guarantee admission into the program.

Faculty members looking for research students

Several of our faculty members are actively seeking graduate students to work with them. However many others not listed here are generally open to working with new students. Find a full list of Biomedical Engineering faculty members on our Faculty and staff page.

Rasit Eskicioglu

My research interests are primarily in Experimental Systems. I am interested in computer systems; systems software; operating systems; distributed, cluster and grid computing; high speed network interconnects, mobile networks, and pervasive computing. Most recently, I am looking at wireless sensor networks (WSNs) and their applications to real world problems indoor localization, monitoring, and tracking; and Internet of Things (IoT). My current projects are:

  • Gait monitoring and analysis thru Body Area Networks
  • Integrating WSN to Building Information Models
  • Object localization, tracking, and monitoring in built environments

Song Liu

The Liu Group has openings for self-motivated PhD students. The positions involve research on the synthesis of novel antimicrobial magnetic nanoparticles, the synthesis of block-polymer based nanoparticles with selective binding affinity with bacteria and the fabrication of core-shell nanofibrous membranes for targeted and responsive drug delivery.

Katinka Stecina

I am currently accepting applications from qualified students for MSc studies. Current research projects are in the following areas:

  • Mature spinal networks in rodents
  • Key serotonergic neurons involved in walking
  • The role of connexin36 in the mature nervous system
  • Propriospinal networks contributing to locomotor activity generated in the lumbar spinal cord
  • Human electrophysiology research

Hagar Labouta

There are current opportunities for graduate students in the area of nanomedicine with projects focusing on the use of nanoparticles to breach the biological barriers. Students with prior research experience/publications and experience in cell culture techniques are encouraged to apply.

Frederick A. Zeiler

Currently there are opportunities for both MSc and PhD students in BME, with projects focused on cerebral physiologic signal acquisition and processing healthy and traumatic brain injury patients. Students with interests/backgrounds in engineering, signal processing, computer science, medical and biological sciences are encouraged to apply.

Tabrez Siddiqui

The Siddiqui laboratory is interested in learning how nerve cell connections known as “synapses” form and function in the developing and adult brain. Synapses are the fundamental units for information processing in the brain. Evidence from genetic studies, animal models and post-mortem human tissue indicate impairment of synapse development and synaptic dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

Asher Mendelson

This is an exciting opportunity that provides experience in critical care, biomedical optics, microvascular physiology, and signals analysis. The student will have exposure to the clinical environment at Health Sciences Centre in the Intensive Care Unit. The project will utilize non-invasive tissue spectroscopy for microvascular perfusion monitoring, using first-in-Canada equipment. Student must be comfortable with programming (MatLab, Python, R).

Hagar Labouta

Available Position for a Graduate Student or a Postdoctoral Fellow in Nanomedicine and Microfluidics

We are looking for a passionate graduate student or a postdoctoral fellow to work in a friendly and a collaborative environment under supervision of Dr. Hagar Labouta, Assistant Professor at the College of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba, Canada.

This is a funded position for an interesting project on understanding nanoparticle interactions with the placenta using dynamic organ-on-a-chip models. Candidates should have a background on microfluidics and/or molecular biology and/or biomedical engineering. Experience with cell culture techniques is advantageous. Experience in nanoparticle design is an asset but not mandatory. The ideal candidate should have high degree of motivation, organization, work ethics, independency and teamwork.

The College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada has a long history of excellence in pharmacy education and research. It is a part of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, situated on a dynamic campus that provides opportunities for interprofessional collaboration in health sciences research and education. Winnipeg is the largest city in the Province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment, including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, symphony, opera, theatre, and ethnic festivals. Besides supporting professional hockey, football, and baseball teams, the region provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation in all seasons.

Applications must be submitted by August 31, 2021, via email to hagar.labouta@umanitoba.ca and must include: full CV, a statement of intent, all transcripts, name and contact information of three academic referees (including previous supervisor, if applicable). Shortlisted candidates will only be contacted.

Biomedical research

The main research areas within BME include: medical instrumentation and sensors, biological signal processing, biomedical image processing and reconstruction, gait analysis and rehabilitation, biophotonics, orthopaedic mechanics, and non-invasive diagnosis of neurological disorders.

Biomedical research labs

Biomedical researchers at UM work in cutting-edge facilities on our Bannatyne and Fort Garry campuses. Please contact us to arrange an appointment if you would like to visit any of our facilities.

Volunteers needed

Volunteer research participants are critical to any treatment development or research. The Volunteer research participant's comments, reactions, statements and observations guide us in modifying and developing treatments and tests, and to better understand the needs of the volunteer research participant's community. You can make a difference and help shape the care and treatment of those in you community by volunteering!

Alzheimer's treatment volunteers needed

Do you have a beloved family member or know someone with probable Alzheimer’s? If yes, you may wish to enrol them in this treatment clinical trial.

This study, approved by the University of Manitoba Biomedical Research Ethics Board, uses a novel technology called repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), a non-invasive procedure with minimal side-effects. Our offices are located at Riverview Health Centre.

Please feel free to contact us for more information. We appreciate an opportunity to answer your questions.

Dr. Zahra Moussavi
Tel: 204-478-6163
Email: Zahra.Moussavi@umanitoba.ca

Dr. Cristina Francisco
Tel: 204-478-6163
Email: Cristina.Francisco@umanitoba.ca

Healthy seniors needed

Electrovestibulography (EVestG) technology has been applied towards diagnosis of and separation of Parkinson disease (PD) / Schizophrenia / Depression (Unipolar vrs Bipolar) / Meniere's Disease / Controls [6-19]. Sensitivities and specificities so far have been typically above 85%. EVestG is used as an objective technique for analyzing brain signals to detect neurological and mood disorders compared to healthy brain signals.

We need healthy volunteers, 60 year of age or older, to examine the accuracy of results.

Please feel free to contact us for more information. We appreciate an opportunity to answer your questions.

Dr. Zeinab Dastgheib
Tel: 204-229-3923
Email: Zeinab.Dastgheib@umanitoba.ca

Contact us

Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering
Room SP-422 EITC
75 Chancellor's Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5V6